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February 15, 2016

Make dumplings and drink cider at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Two One Book, One Philadelphia events use food and drink to celebrate the book "Cold Mountain"

Food and Drink One Book One Philadelphia
Strangelove's Craft Beer Bar Strangelove's Craft Beer Bar /File Art

Strangelove's Craft Beer.

One Book, One Philadelphia, the yearly program that promotes the entire greater Philadelphia area joining together through the reading and discussion of a single book, is in full-swing. To celebrate the 2016 pick "Cold Mountain," the Free Library of Philadelphia is hosting a range of events related to the book. 

On two dates in February, the Library will host food and drink-based events. One will let guests sample local ciders, while the other will be a hands-on dumpling-making class. Who said reading isn't fun?

Sample a variety of hard ciders at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Vine Street. Strangelove's Craft Beer Bar will offer the tasting, while guests will learn how the regionally brewed and locally sourced hard ciders connect to today’s challenges of sustainability -- which ties in with the theme of seasonal changes explored in "Cold Mountain."

Tuesday, Feb. 23
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | $15-$18 per person
Free Library of Philadelphia: Skyline Room
1901 Vine St.


One Book, One Meal: Chicken and Dumplings

The first meal that "Cold Mountain" characters Ada and Ruby share together is chicken and dumplings so, the Free Library of Philadelphia is hosting a hands-on event to teach guests how to cook it.

Learn from chef Valerie Erwin, formerly of GeeChee Girl, how to make this dish from scratch, as well as ham biscuits, another Southern staple.

Monday, Feb. 29
6 p.m. | $27.24 per person
Free Library of Philadelphia: Culinary Literacy Center
1901 Vine St.

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